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the benghazi terror attack that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> debate day in america. vice president joe biden and paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pugh center, 39% of registered voters view biden favorably. that's compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top. 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts has a preview of tonight's debate. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure is on vice president biden to try to turn things around after the presidential debate last week. he has the experience on the debate stage to do so. but as you saw in the numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an exertion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president
, former u.s. senator george mcgovern passed away while in hospice in sioux falls, south dakota. he was 90 years old. an early opponent of the vietnam war he was, the nominee for president in 1972 for democrats. he lost in a landslide election to republican richard nixon. in a statement, the mcgovern family said "we are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life. advocating for the hungry, fighting for peace." mcgovern long will be remembered for his unwavering opposition to war and war is where we begin this morning. today we're taking you back to june 28th, 1914. yes. june 28, 1914. that was the day that a foreign emissary was assassinated while on a diplomatic mission in sarajevo. that set off a chain of events that led to the largest global conflict the world had ever seen. on that fateful day, a 19-year-old took the life of arch duke franz ferdinand. knowing the dead to the austrian hungarian empire would not go unanswered, serbia appealed to their russian neighbors for help. believing this crisis wab on excuse for war in the balance kins, russian rea
with the u.s. by not giving their names when he released 166 pages unclassified libya documents. heading tomorrow night's foreign policy debate are, i have to say, more confusing to me as a consumer of news than they have ever been. we talked about this early on. i will put myself in the category of people who were troubled. category of people who were troubled by what seemed to be a distance between what the reporting and what the intelligence agency seemed to be saying and what was coming out of the white house. i thought that gab was worrisome. we talked about it on the show. i don't know what to think anymore because what looked like it first was officially the u.s. government line was this was spontaneous and in reaction to the video. there was a parallel channel of reporting indicating it was premeditated, the work of al qaeda militants and had nothing to do with the video. there was no protest in the video. that is what happened. now we have reporting from the l.a. times and "the new york times" talking to people in benghazi all saying no, dude, it was a video. l.a. times, the ass
the morale of foreign troops serving in the war zone. u.s. military officials say an attack on saturday that killed two americans was especially unnerving as several afghan soldiers and possibly insurgents opened fire from several directions. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, has been covering this war for almost the full 11 years. he filed this report from kabul. >> reporter: this woman is about to die. executed for adultery. the man she was with got off scot-free. the taliban recently filmed this video of their justice as a warning and to say they're making a comeback. some 30 miles away in the village, we saw few signs of what the u.s. would consider progress in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin, and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. are you preparing for this fight? are you already stockpiling weapons and ammunition and getting yourself ready? "yes, we are. we will definitely fight," he says
on the u.s. consulate in bengahzi was deliberate and organized. peter king of new york called on susan rice to resign as u.s. ambassador to the united nations after she initially claimed the attack on the consulate was part of the spontaneous protest after an anti-islamic video. yesterday paul ryan and john mccain slammed the administration's handling of the deadly attack. >> the response was slow, confused, inconsistent. they first said it was a youtube video and a spontaneous mob. we now know it was a planned terrorist attack if this was one tragic incident that would be a tragedy in itself. the problem is it's part of a bigger picture that the obama foreign policy is unraveling before our eyes on tv screens. >> i think it interferes with the depiction that the administration is trying to convey that al qaeda is on the wane, everything is fine in the middle east. >> you think it's political? >> how else could you trot out our u.n. ambassador to say this was a spon ttaneous demonstrati? >> maybe they thought that at the time? >> on "meet the press" david plouffe was asked by david gregory
differences between the candidates when it comes to cooperation with israel. and the drawdown of u.s. forces from afghanistan. on the middle east peace process, romney sounded decidedly more optimistic than he did earlier this year during that secretly recorded private fund-raiser. >> i'll recommit america to the goal of a democratic prosperous palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the jewish state of israel. >> i don't think the palestinians want to seek this yaen way for political purposes. these are the issues that i say there is just no way. you move thing as long the best way you can. you hope for some stability and you roy that it's going to remain until -- we look at taiwan. we have a potentially volatile situation and we live it with. we kick the ball down the field and hopefully somehow something will happen. >> the obama campaign was quick in its response to romney's speech at vmi. madelieine albright slammed the republican candidate during a conference call with reporters saying romney's foreign policy is full of platitudes but short on specifics. stayin
million floridians have already cast their ballots. in the closely watched massachusetts race for u.s. senate, a new poll shows democrat whiz breath warren pulling away from republican incumbent scott brown 53% to 46%. last month only a four point difference separated the two. fact checkers are calling out the romney campaign for a new ad implying that the obama administration's overseeing the outsourcing of autoworkers jobs. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to italians who will build jeeps in china. >> not so bad says the ceo of chrysler issuing a statement reaching jeep production whether not be moved from the united states to china, it is inaccurate to suggest anything different. today president obama tours the storm devastation in atlantic city and vice president biden makes two campaign stops in florida. mr. romney will also be in florida as he makes three stops. paul ryan will spend the day campaigning in his home state of wisconsin. let's get back to sandy, because two of the three major airports serving the new york area, kennedy and newark, they
. paul ryan accusing them of protecting u.s. personnel. >> what we should not be doing is rejecting claims for calls for more security in barracks and marines. we need marines in benghazi when the ambassador says we need them. the requests were not honored. >> biden called the deaths a tragedy. the obama administration did not know they had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. by the way, at the time, we were told exactly, we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> there was an assessment, but the state department did know from videos that requests had been made and were turned down. a state department official acknowledged testifying on capitol hill yesterday. there was a sharp disagreement over medicare. biden charged ryan's plan would raise out of pocket costs for seniors. >> use your common sense, who do you trust on this, a man who introduced a bill to raise it $6400 a year knowing it and passing it and romney saying he signed it or ma
picture is developing from the state department about what really happened when gunmen stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya and killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador there. the obama administration initially claimed the attacks stemmed from a protest over an anti-islam film produced in the united states. and posted to youtube. but officials at the state department say that was never their conclusion adding there was no protest at all. in fact, diplomats first realized they were under at being a when they heard exploegs and saw armed men entering their compound. a quick response team was dispatched with 60 libyan militia men to try to stop the assault, but they were too late. by then the attackers already had set fire to the building where ambassador chris stevens was hiding. that account directly conflicts the description of the attack provided on "meet the press" by u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice. this was on september 16th, five days after the attack. >> putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is
denied reporting by the new york times that the u.s. has agreed to direct bilateral talks with iran on its nuclear program while saying it remains open to talks. romney supporters were quick to criticize the white house on this front. >> it's another example of a national security leak from the white house. they have done a lot of that. it sounds like the u.s. is taking a position that we're likely to jettison our allies. >> there is a pattern here. we talk, they enrich. it needs to stop. >> well, obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod said he had no knowledge about possible talks, defended the administration's iran policy. >> there is a tremendous disquiet in iran. their currency has dropped in value by 50%. their oil business has dropped by 50%. and they're feeling the heat. and that's what the sanctions were meant to do. >> another question for tonight. how much will this debate matter? in our new poll, 27% of voters tell us the debates have made them more likely to support romney, compared to 24% who said the same of obama. that three-point edge is a small advantage compare
of those names were libyan nationals working with the u.s. there's been criticism he didn't work with congressman cummings, he didn't notify the state department, didn't notify the white house. doesn't that give the impression that at least some in congress are politicizing this? >> if we're talking about politicizing it, no one has leaked more than this administration. to selectively leak yesterday that there may be secret talks going on with iran -- >> they deny that they were responsible -- >> who else would have done it? certainly wasn't the iranians that did it. wasn't the israelis. the only one it could have been was the administration. this is a whole pattern they've had. as far as darrell issa, he performed a real service with this hearing as to what should have been redacted or not, i will let chairman issa handle that. he's done an outstanding job on this from the start. as far as politicizing, you have mike rogers coming up next, he and i have stood by the president on a number of foreign policy issues including the killing of bin laden. we don't take partisan shots. i
,000th u.s. service member. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel has the details. >> reporter: there has been another insider attack, the so-called green on blue attack, when afghan troops attack and kill their american partners. so far, this year, these kind of attacks have led to at least 20% of american combat deaths in afghanistan. a group of american soldiers were manning a checkpoint, a vehicle control point, when they were approached by two afghan troops. the afghan soldiers walked up to the americans, they exchanged a few words with them. it's not exactly sure what was said between the american soldiers and the afghan soldiers. but then one of the afghan soldiers pulled out a weapon, opened fire, killed an american soldier, killed an american contractor, and then other american soldiers in that area responded, killing at least three afghan soldiers. richard engel, nbc news, kabul, afghanistan. >>> on this first monday in october, the u.s. supreme court begins its new term today. thtejusttieses. >> reporter: the justices are expected to consider a lot of things. >> repo
to pull the big bird ad, yet there are weightier questions here as congress looks in to whether the u.s. was warned of the deadly libya attack. >> twice in the six month lead up, you had bombings at our compound there in benghazi and it's 9/11 in libya. what other warnings do you need? >> reporter: warnings of trouble now for president obama, romney's closing the gap. the latest polls, reuters has them tied. gallup has romney up by two. pew has him up by four. and we were talking about the polls in the balgtd ground states. it also now looks like according to other polls that pennsylvania and michigan may no longer be safe bets for the president. lynn. >> all right, thanks. last night on the rachel maddow show, nate silver talks about just how close the candidates are in the polls. >> the whole good month that obama had in september between the convention and the 47% tape, you're now seeing the race as close as it's been all year. i'm a little skeptical that it's actually tied based on the fact that obama still seems to on have a lead in the majority of swing state polls. but romney, wh
in that closely contested u.s. senate race up in massachusetts. republican senator scott brown, democratic challenger elizabeth warren facing off in springfield, mass, as two new polls are split on which candidates as the advantage there. unlike the first two debates, last night there was no mention for elizabeth warren made of american heritage but plenty of jousting on policy issues like job creation, taxes, and which candidate sticks up for the middle class. >> the one thing you can't be doing now in the middle of this 3 1/2 year recession is taking more money out of people's hard-working pocketbooks and wallets and giving it to the federal government. they're like pigs in a trough up there. they take and take and take. >> this has been pretty much my life's work is talking about what is happening to america's middle class. let's face it, america's middle class is just getting hammered. republicans have a vision, cut taxes for those at the top and let the chips fall where they may for everybody else. >> when you talk about getting hammered, i suggest you put down the hammer. because it'
apologize when he went overseas to cairo in 2009 explaining that he thought the u.s. had made a few mistakes in dealing with the world. many consider it a matter of diplomacy, a matter of nuance. romney points to several examples including when president obama said in 2009 that, quote, america has shown some arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. romney claims that shows weakness which is harmful to the u.s. place in the world. >> governor romney has charged repeatedly that the president hasn't been as close a friend or ally as he could or should be. let's take a look at this. >> and i think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and israel, that they noticed that as well. all of these things suggested, i think, to the iranian mullahs, hey, we can keep pushing along here, we can keep talks going on but we're just going to keep on spinning centrifuges. >> there's never been any proof that the president said that. the only source for this is an article in the "washington post" by scott wilson who said -- wrote that the president said this in a mee
hour in the u.s. starting today is perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> well, the romney campaign could be waking up this morning to a brand new political he headache as yet another political candidate makes explosive comments over rain. it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdoch and his opponents were out exciting plans available to anyone with medicare. pl nd i think when life begins in that horrible situatn of rain that it is something that god intended to happen. >> after the debate murdoch told the news conference he was only trying to explain his view that god creates life. >> are you trying to suggest that somehow i think god ordained or pro-ore daend rain. i don't believe that. that's a sick and twisted -- no, no, that's not close to what i said. >> this all matters to the romney team because the comments come just one day after the murdoch campaign began running a new ad featuring governor romney. >> there's so much at stake. i hope you'll join me in supporting richar
in good hands? >>> stories making news this morning. u.s. officials confirm that authorities in tunisia have arrested a man who may be connected to last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. meanwhile, there are reports an egyptian militant also suspected of involvement has been killed in clashes in cairo. >>> the fbi and u.s. postal service are investigating reports of fraudulent letters being sent to florida voters in at least 28 counties questioning their citizenship and their eligibility to vote. >>> pakistani police say nine people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of the 15-year-old activist who spoke out against the taliban. the main suspect is still at large. >>> scientists in oregon say they've created embryos with genes from one man and two women using a controversial technique that could one day prevent babies from inheriting certain incurable diseases. researchers point out the embryos are not being used to produce children. >>> and some good news for all of us who call earth our home. government scientists say the hole in the ozone layer
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was, in fact, deliberate and organized. on friday peter king called on ambassador susan rice to resign saying, quote, the fact is she gave out information which was either intentionally or unintentionally misleading and wrong and there should be consequences for that. called her, quote, an enormously capable person. in an unusual statement on friday, the office of the director of national intelligence explained the changing description of the events of the attack, quote, in the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to aseventy that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in cairo. as we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. the administrations appeared to slow walk, calling the libya attack terrorism. the president's aitd said intelligence had changed. >> that was preposterous. this president's record on terrorism takes a back seat to no one. >> i
and forth over the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. while acknowledging a thorough investigation is needed, house democrats accuse republicans of leaving them out of the investigation leading up to the committee hearing and playing politics. >> although the chairman claims we are pursuing this investigation on a, quote, bipartisan basis, that's simply not been the case. the chairman has withheld documents provided to the committee which is in violation of the house rules. it's a shame they're resorting to such petty abuses in what should be a serious and responsible investigation of this fatal attack. >> and -- >> we know that the tragedy in mbenbenghazi ended as it did. we now know that, in fact, it was caused by a terrorist attack that was reasonably predictable to eventually happen somewhere in the world, especially on september 11th. requests of extensions of more security by the mission in libya, however, appear to have been reject ed. >>> president obama gives his first major interview since his debate performance that helped mitt romney close the spread in several battlegr
for that. >> absolutely blatantly fundamentally untrue. from a u.s. senator acting as a surrogate for mitt romney. what she just described there is not what the blunt amendment is. mitt romney really does support a policy that's not just about religious employers, not just about catholic hospitals. it's about any employer anywhere in the country being able to block their employees from getting birth control through their health insurance. sounds awful, right? that's why it keeps coming up. picture your boss. does your boss want you to have the pill? do you not know? do you want to find out? because that is is actually one of the choices you have in this election between your boss deciding whether you get the pill under your health insurance or that not being your boss' business. that really is the choice. because mitt romney really does support the blunt amendment and the blunt amendment really does give your boss the choice about whether or not your contraception is covered by your insurance. and the romney campaign and the romney campaign surrogates, including u.s. senators and the candi
mitt romney's gaffe filled tour of england, israel and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, showed a lack of presidential character. if this is how he handles the world now, just think what mitt romney might do as president. >> in a statement, liz smith says quote it's clear on every measure, mitt romney fails the commander in chief test. well, just about two hours from now, romney will deliver that speech at virginia military institute. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign in lexington, virginia and joins me now and peter, this is a speech that is largely about the middle east. we're not hearing a lot about asia, a lot about russia. this is really going to be focused on syria, iran, libya and afghanistan. is it not? >> yeah, i think you're exactly right. going to focus on the middle east and northern africa, libya specifically. mitt romney as you noted, will accuse the president of saying that simple language, that hope is not a strategy. trying to -- harry truman and reagan. this speech is almost dedicated to george marshall. we're here at the ha
a group of afghan police and u.s. troops as they walked through a market. the taliban claimed responsibility. nbc's lester holt is in kabul where he's been reporting for the past week and a half as part of a special nbc news series on region and conflict. lester, you have been on the ground, what is your take away on the green on blue attacks and this suicide attack which is different, at least the taliban taking responsibility? >> well, andrea, it's really in some ways all related that those three troops killed in khost today were operating with afghan national police on a joint patrol. that's part of the exit strategy for the u.s. to hand control over to the afghans. all the time i've been here, commanders have been wanting to demonstrate and show to me these joint patrols and how this transfer is happening. now the closer, of course, u.s. forces work with afghan troops, that, of course, brings into the question these insider attacks which we've been seeing happening more and more. there was a pause for a few weeks, but yesterday, as you noted in eastern afghanistan, an amer
. and that popularity of early voting in the state of indiana has to be driving one particular u.s. senate candidate quite nuts at the moment. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize that life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> generally speaking, it's never a great idea to opine right into a microphone about what you think god's will has to do with a woman's rape. and her getting pregnant because of that rape. that is, generally speaking, never a good thing. but when you say say that at a time when people can hear that you said that, and then as soon as they heard that you said that, they can then immediately get up from their chair and go outside and go in their car and go drive to the county clerk's office to vote against you for u.s. senate, right that minute, as soon as they heard it, well, that is worse than i
to get this guy elected in the u.s. senate. >> it is something that god intended to happen. >> there's so much at stake, i hope you'll joan me in supporting richard mourdock for u.s. senate. >> it's a very fair ad when you consider that the romney and the romney campaign took their time and decided, yes, we're sticking with richard. >> yes. and he cut that ad for richard mourdock the same day of the debate. the same day that richard mourdock made the statement about rape. i mean, i think, the thing we have to remember is that mitt romney pulled off this incredible magic trip was to separate himself from the republican brand. to separate himself from really what alarmed young women in particular in this country about republicans, which is wait a minute. they actually believe that there is something, a difference between so-called forceable rape and regular rape. he distanced himself from the todd akin wing of the party at one point and was allowed to go forward. there's someone closer to mitt romney who believes exactly the way that richard mourdock does. it's his running mate. paul ryan.
facilities in libya, but we now know from the sworn testimony of two u.s. security officials who were stationed in libya, that there were repeated requests for more security in the face of rising threats. we just saw that in the hearing that was held, several fact checkers said joe biden was wrong. what happened there? >> this is an ongoing investigation in what was a tragedy for all americans, republicans and democrats. >> this isn't about the investigation as much as did you know, did the administration know there were security problems? >> let's take a step back. this is about the investigation. anyone who worked with the intelligence community, worked on international security issues like this know these investigations take time. facts come to light throughout the process. i'll tell i one thing, anybody that is out there this morning in any way implying or saying the president or vice president themselves would knowingly make a choice that would lead to less security for our men and women overseas in the diplomatic corps or in uniform doesn't know these people and hasn't watched t
ryan a couple house ago. in a new interview the u.s. commander in afghanistan says he's outraged by the recent surge and insider attacks. >> i'm mad as hell about them to be honest with you. we're going to get after this. it reverberates everywhere across the united states. we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. we're not willing to be murdered for it. >> nbc's atia abawi joins us live from the afghan capital of kabul. the back and forth of the politics of the war comes amid a new attack, three more american soldiers killed. >> that's right, tamron. three more u.s. service members were killed as well as 12 afghans that includes afghan service members and civilians in eastern afghan's khost province. apparently they were finishing up a joint u.s./afghan patrol when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. the taliban did claim responsibility for that attack, but that also followed another deadly weekend where two more americans were killed including an american service member and an american civilian contractor that was training afghan security forces at a checkpoin
to attack the u.s. consulate. >> it's a serious issue, a real issue and will come up in the context of this campaign between now and election day. take a step back, what i find amazing is the extent to which foreign policy benefits the democrats overall in this election. when you listen to joe biden talk about the fact that, you know, our troops are out of iraq, we don't know where romney really stands on that, our troops are coming out of afghanistan, we don't really know where romney stands on that, and bin laden, of course, is dead, those are -- >> he is? i mean could they say it more? >> you know they're going to say it adinfa my tum, these are all popular positions with the american people. romney really is on the wrong side of iraq and afghanistan. the president is really fulfilling the promises he made in the last campaign and doing what the american people want him to do. it's very unusual to have an election in which the democrats have the advantage on foreign policy but we got one right now. >> particularly i thought it was good that biden pushed him on syria. are you sayi
at the idea of made in america, but disappearing manufacturing jobs, the world economy and u.s. competitiveness are no laughing matter. according to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll over half of americans believe the country is on the wrong track. no surprise a recent poll found the economy remains the top issue this election year. our next guest says despite signs of progress like the most recent unemployment number, there's trouble ahead if we don't account now. he's here to tell us where to focus our efforts to get the most bang for our buck. he's the man that would know. in the guest spot is the xharm and senior partner of price wauterhouse coopers. i'm looking ahead to after the election, no matter who wins. the first item of business is this fiscal cliff. the idea at the end of the year a number of tax cuts expire and a number of automatic spending cuts on the defense side are scheduled to be phased in. i want to take one item there in particular, the bush tax cuts. we've had them for ten years now. seems the republican position is to extend all of them and the
on its path and when it might make a direct hit on the u.s. coastline. it is still expected to do heavy damage. the latest in a live report ahead. >>> ten days and counting. new polls out today in some key swing states. how might hurricane sandy affect the election? >>> in office politics, america at a crossroads. we stand on what this election means, big picture, with some of our colleagues, the buzz from the msnbc newsroom. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt" where you get to what's happening right now out there. we have this breaking news, sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm overnight but the threat to the u.s. remains. five states as well as d.c., they are under state of emergency. people along the east coast are preparing for the worst. residents are bagging sand and boarding up buildings. out-of-state power crews are on call, ready to move in after the storm. sandy's powerful winds and flooding rains battered the bahamas and caribbean and at least 43 people have died as a result of this storm so far. most of the deaths occurred in haiti where off
where they are. that's why we are also here today and the next 30, 45 minutes where u.s. mayors will get together and talk about those very important issues, as well. >> unemployment in your state is above the national average, about 8.2% now. >> right. >> you criticized president obama during the convention for pressuring governor romney to release his tax returns, saying that wasn't the issue that mattered the most. do you think the president is addressing the issues that are most important in this campaign? >> i think our president has done a fundamental -- a phenomenal job addressing those issues. let me correct. it was not meant to be a criticism. it was correcting all of us to make sure we stay focused on the message where the american people are. we want to hear about jobs. we want to hear about health care. we want to hear about those things that are really right in front of the american people today. the president certainly got on that stage in charlotte and did exactly what we all expected and knew he could do. that was to bring the issues right to the american people. >> let m
troops serving in the war zone. and today's front page of the "new york times" claims the u.s. is abandoning its hopes for a peace deal with the taliban. the "times" reports american officials are essentially giving up on what was once a critical component of their strategy in afghanistan. they're opting for a far less ambitious plan that would have the afghans work out a deal among themselves once u.s. combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014. richard engel has been covering the conflict for nearly 11 years and filed this report from the afghan capital. >> reporter: this woman is about to die. executed for adultery. the man she was with got off scot-free, the taliban recently filmed this video of their justice as a warning and to say they're making a comeback. some 30 miles away in the village, we saw few signs of what the u.s. would consider progress in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin and u.s.-trained afghan forces wi
, the candidates for the u.s. senate in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from job creation to bringing home troops from afghanistan. nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" was the moderator, and they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he is re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we -- >> excuse me, excuse me. >> go ahead, senator. >> excuse me, i'm not a student in your classroom. please let me respond. thank you. >> recent polls before the debate showed elizabeth warren with a small lead over scott brown. >>> and last night on "the rachel maddow show," congressman barney frank weighed in on the debate. he explained scott brown's stance and what he believes are inconsistencies in his campaign. >> here's a man who claims he's supportive of a woman's right
as it heads towards the u.s. what's the latest? >> good morning to you. 24 hours ago, it was looking like northern new england will be in the mix. the forecast has gotten much worse further south. we have the new advisory from the hurricane center. the 5:00 a.m. east coast advisory, they are put out every six hours through the life of the storm. it doesn't look like much of a hurricane anymore. it still is. but the northern side of the storm looks like a hurricane with the thunderstorms. the southern side already is sucking in the dry air and it looks like a hybrid storm already. so sandy the hybrid hurricane will be more appropriate. it will be that way throughout its life cycle. as far as the stats, it's east of miami florida. north winds at 13. the forecast path from here slows it down during the day today. it's not going to move too much. it accelerates to the northeast as we go throughout the day on saturday into sunday. just off the east coast of north carolina as a hurricane monday. it's after that that it turns back towards the u.s. what has changed from the hurricane center, they
't have the same capacities to attack the u.s. homeland and our allies as they did four years ago. >> let's go to the next segment. because it's a very important one. it is the rise of china and future challenges for america. i want to begin this by asking both of you and mr. president, you go first this time. what do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country? >> well, i think it will continue to be terrorist networks. we have to remain vigilant as i just said. but with respect to china, china's both an adversary but also a potential partner in the international community, if it's following the rules. so my attitude coming into office was that we are going to insist that china plays by the same rules as everybody else. i know americans have seen jobs being shipped overseas, businesses and workers not getting a level playing field when it came to trade. and that's the reason why i set up a trade task force to go after cheaters when it came to international trade. that's the reason why we have brought more cases against china for violating trade rule
's going to appeal that decision. he's going to appeal it all the way up to the u.s. supreme court. he's so desperate to shut off early voting in this election, to go back to the ten-hour lines from '04, he's so desperate to do that, he's bypassing the next level of review and is going right to the u.s. supreme court. the practical result is that nobody knows how the election will be run now in the crucial swing state of ohio. as of right now, no one knows yet how the election is going e to be run there, when you will be allowed to vote. if it's going to be like the last seven years or back to the bad old days. we don't know how the election is going to be run and we're four weeks out from election night. today is the last day to register e to vote in ohio before the election along with all these other states. today is the last day to register. but in ohio republicans are going to fight down to the wire to stop ohio voters from being able to early vote in the last few days before the election, which i should tell you is when 100,000 people voted in ohio last time. more than a third of the o
in the benghazi attack that killed the u.s. ambassador and three others, the state department just last night finally gives its most complete account of what happened and high. maybe because congress is taking center stage in the homestretch of this qualm pain season for an oversight hearing led by congressman darrell issa, one of the obama administration's toughest critics. the last week before the vice presidential debate. >>> plus capital control, the future of the senate could come down to just a handful of races, but, boy, are they different from state to state. today an exclusive, but the two guys driving their party's paths to power. good morning from washington, it's wednesday, october 1010/10/2012. >> last night senior state department officials gave their fullest account yet on the athat killed ambassador chris stevens. the most important take away, there were no protests in front of the consulate before the attacks ever. directly contradicting the story given by susan rice three weeks ago. here's the timeline as we know it from the state department. at 8:30 p.m. local, the streets
. also failure of leadership that's emboldened iran and other u.s. adversaries abroad in the middle east and north africa. >> this president's policies haven't been equal to our best examples of world leadership. nowhere is this more evident than in the middle east. i want to be very clear. the blame for the murder of our people in libya and the attacks on our embassies in other countries lies solely with those who carried them out. no one else. but it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind. >> foreign policy adviser to the romney campaign joins us now. i want to talk about the speech. >> good to be with you. >> let's talk first of all about benghazi. there are hearings coming up. darryl issa is pursuing the issues of what went wrong and what the president did and what mitt romney would have done differently. let's listen to what governor romney said today. he talked about the fact that -- excuse me. i wanted to quote the fact that he talked about the attack on the consulate and he said that
dysfunctional. it's an accident of history and that russia's objections to any and all u.s. proposals can seem to americans truculant and spiteful. what exactly is the alternative? the answer is violence, war, death and bloodshed which brings us to the announcement yesterday from the nobel prize committee of a somewhat unusual choice. the european union. the announcement occasioned a whole lot of snark state side. not a good sign if the e.u. asks that its nobel prize be paid in some currency you other than the euro. jeffrey goldberg tweeted, next year the nobel committee should consider awarding the peace prize to puppies. dave wooegle, this guy right here, nobel me. the team at fox and friends also mocked the committee's decision. >> the nobel committee praised the e.u. for six decades to promote peace and democracy in europe. >> really? fantastic. >> we should have the sports writers do it. >> better opinion than the cy young. >> the e.u. can only hope there's a cash award. they could use some underwriting. >> it's true. europe isn't in the best shape. the limitations are causing institution
, closes ] >>> an unusual morning for north korea which says the missiles are capable of reaching the u.s. mainland. a pair of response to south korea's announcement of a deal with the u.s. to strengthen its own missile program. >>> he's known as the squirrel. after his arrest, he smiled and gave a thumbs up. but mexican authorities say he is a key lieutenant in the drug cartel behind the killing of american david hartley who was jet skiing on a border lake two years ago. his co-founder may have been killed sunday in what would be a major victory for the president. >>> for the first time, less than half of all americans do not consider themselves protestant. now just 48%. one of the reasons? well, the pugh research study finds many are opting out of religion altogether. nearly one in five say they are either nothing in particular or atheist. and 8% jump since 1990. >>> the mars curiosity rover has been digging up soil samples. now that work is on hold because nasa wants to learn if a bright object spotted on the ground is just part of the vehicle or something more. >> this is what happens
. authorities say he came to the u.s. on a student visa in january with the purpose of launching a terrorist attack and took classes in cybersecurity before trying to contact what he thought were al qaeda operatives. turns out those contacts were undercover agents with the fbi. wnbc's jonathan dienst is the chief investigative reporter and has the latest for us. jonathan. >> reporter: almost 24 hours after his arrest mohammed nafis remains behind bars without bail on the terror conspiracy counts, investigators say he tried to drive that van here to the federal reserve bank in lower manhattan and tried to set off a 1,000-pound bomb by remote control. but all along fbi, nypd and homeland security officials say they were on to him monitoring his every move and even provided through informants, some of the components for the bomb that were inert and that's why this part did not work, they say. they arrested him earlier this morning after they say he made a jihadist video claiming al qaeda had won, then he apparently left the van and went and tried to set off that explosion. investigators say the
clear that you would not provide government assistance to the u.s. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. you said they could get it in the private marketplace. that wasn't true. they would have gone through a -- >> you're wrong, mr. president. >> you're wrong. >> i'm not wrong. >> people can look it up, you're right. >> people will look it up. >> romney argued he wanted to take the companies through a managed bankruptcy where the auto manufacturers would get government help but also acquire private financing, financing romney's critics say was not available at the time. romney made that argument in an op-ed called "let detroit go bankrupt." the romney campaign said time and time again the governor wrote the op-ed but not that headline. remember a couple debates ago we were anticipating mitt romney zingers? the biggest zinger of last night came from president obama. when mitt romney was talking about the pentagon budget >> our navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. the navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. we're down to 285. we're headed
politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the u.s. and repatriating profits back into this country. okay. >> willie, what do you think of cargate? >> cargate. they shouldn't lie. >> i think it's subjectively untrue. the ad. i think that pretty much ends it, right? it's false. no? >> what romney said on the stump was false. the ad is true. >> right. >> it's misleading, but it's true. >> explain what you mean. >> i'm sorry. what? >> production in the u.s. that exists. they're making jeeps in the u.s., selling them in the u.s. they're talking about making jeeps to sell in china in china. romney initially suggested on the stump, wrongly, that they were going to move all jeep production to china, including selling -- building them in china, selling them back in the u.s. that would be bad for american workers. >> bad. >> what the ad refers to is the fact that rather than making jeeps in the u.s. and shipping them to china, they're thinking of making jeeps in china to sell in china. >> the suggestion of the ad, the implication of the ad is blatantly false. >
-style socialism to the u.s. of a. well, back in 2008 focus on the family, a hard right christian group, sent a memo to supporters about what 2012 would look like if obama was elected. well, first a prediction about the boy scouts of america. here they are. the boy scouts no longer exist as an organization. they chose to disband rather than be forced to obey the supreme court decision that they would have to hire homosexual scoutmosters. no, actually, the boy scouts are still going stlong. next, the prediction on gun laws. it is illegal for private stens to own guns for self-defense in eight states and the number is growing with increasing democratic control of state legislatures and govships. wrong. again, the second amendment is still intact and the number of new gun laws enacted by the obama administration adds up to exactly zero. finally, the prediction about how the president would respond to captured terrorists. quote, terrorists captured overseas are given full trials in the u.s. court system, and they have to be allowed access to a number of government secrets to prepare their defense
of what exactly happened in libya when our u.s. ambassador was killed more than two weeks ago on 9/11. we'll hear from a top obama adviser, david plouffe, in a moment. but first, joining me now, the republican governor of new jersey chris christie. welcome back to "meet the press." >> happy to be back, david. good morning. >> the key battleground states, nine of them, we've been polling in nine of them, and all nine it's obama advantage across the board. look at ohio, plus seven. virginia, plus five. these are key states. is the race over? >> absolutely not. and that happened pretty quickly, right, david? you saw the change in those polls happen very quickly. and i'm here to tell you it can happen very quickly back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other
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